September 2, 2014

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Edwards school’s Junior SADD club promotes positive decision-making

By Bojana Vujovic
BEAT Reporter

Junior Students Against Destructive Decisions is a club formed by students to promote good decision-making.

The purpose of Junior SADD is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.

Edwards Middle School members of Junior SADD, top row from left: Sam Raiff, Maggie Raiff, Alex Turchek and Lauren Jenkins; middle row from left: Melissa Dulik, Damon Hendrock, Kyle Kuchta, Anna Alfano; bottom row from left: Madison Fioritto, Bojana Vujovic, Jake Komar. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Any student at Edwards Middle School can join Junior SADD. However, they must sign a contract that states they have to be a good role model to their peers and others. Failure to follow these rules may result in disciplinary action or removal from office.

“Every member of Junior SADD has realized that the impact of making destructive decisions can last a lifetime,” said Kathy Fulkerson, a Junior SADD leader at Edwards.

Junior SADD is doing many activities to promote the awareness of making good decisions. Every month it has a new theme. Themes they have used to increase awareness have included the Junior SADD Membership Drive, the Power of Friendship and Red Ribbon Week. In addition, the group increased its knowledge of many community needs.

Junior SADD has sold multiple myeloma bracelets during lunch periods and has raised $122. The students also were given literature, and announcements were made to educate everyone on how multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, affects lives.

Junior SADD members donated 14 hours to the Salvation Army this winter by ringing the bell to obtain donations for northern Medina County and are collecting items to donate to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Members also will help launch the dance marathon this spring. Proceeds will benefit families in need at Edwards Middle School.

Fulkerson said that she feels a great sense of pride leading Junior SADD. She said it is a great club for students to get involved with to help them make better choices and get involved with helping their community.

Bojana Vujovic, a sixth-grader at Edwards Middle School, is one of more than 30 “backpack journalists” in the award-winning Brunswick Educational Access TV video program. Go to www.thebeat22.com to learn more about the program, or visit thebeat.pegcentral.com to view videos produced by the students.